Whet your appetite

The exotic and the familiar combine on the island of dreams

Mauritius is a destination that can satisfy the most demanding or jaded holidaymaker.

Only half a day away from the UK, it’s a year round island that offers far more than just sun and sea in luxurious surroundings. The population is a rich mix of people of Indian, African and Chinese origin. A former French colony, modern Mauritius is a colourful, multicultural society in which you’ll never have any problems making yourself understood – Mauritians speak many languages, but English is the official tongue. What everybody has in common is a warmth and friendliness that translates into a wonderful welcome for visitors.

It’s well-known that Mauritius has some of the best hotels in the world, offering unparalleled quality. Their popularity is underlined by the number of visitors who keep coming back to the island year after year. However, Mauritius also has some very good value-for-money properties, which have become popular with the increasing number of British tourists. We hope to welcome more than 100,000 tourists from the UK in 2006, and in this guide we hope to show you the value our island offers. As an added bonus, the government has removed duties on most articles and tourists can now find some serious bargains in the shops and markets.

Accessibility is our other key strength. British Airways and our national carrier Air Mauritius offer eight non-stop flights a week, with Air Mauritius due to introduce an additional flight from June.

The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority will be joining tour operators to organise workshops and training sessions to ensure agents are aware of what we offer. You might even get a chance to see Mauritius for yourself – the airlines are keen to increase the number of familiarisation trips to ensure that agents sell the island with confidence.

If you would like to know more about our island, contact us at mtpa@btinternet.com. We will be happy to give any assistance you need in selling Mauritius. In the meantime, I hope this guide whets your appetite.

Suhon Toto Ghoorah, UK manager,
Mauritius Tourism
Promotion Authority


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